Category Archives: efficiency

Taxing the Sun

I’ve joked before that it would be just a matter of time before the Tories started taxing solar panels rather than subsidising them. Well, now its happening. To help pay for the ever increasing cost of brexit they are putting … Continue reading

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Electricity prices – its complicated

I came across this comment the other day from some climate denier, the figure he was referring to being given below. The point he was trying to make was that German electricity prices are high and thus renewables = expensive electricity. … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland and its RHI scheme controversy

RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) schemes are something I’ve long supported. In many countries the winter heating load can represent a significant proportion of carbon emissions. Recall only 20% of the UK’s final energy consumption is electricity, while 36% is heating. … Continue reading

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What worries me about UK energy policy

There was a serious black out incident in South Australia last month due to high winds. Inevitably the anti-wind farm brigade were quick to blame wind farms and inevitably the media (who don’t know any better) were soon parrotting these … Continue reading

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Aviation: the green stuff – coming soon to an airfield near you

Solar Impulse recently completed the first ever circumnavigation using a solar powered aircraft. So it might be an appropriate time to review the options as regards alternative fuelled aircraft. A long standing assumption of many has been that given the very … Continue reading

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Hinkley C update – Chaos and TINA

Well it would appear that Theresa May, for all her faults, is the sort of person who reads the small print of any document before signing it. The UK was on the verge of signing the deal with EDF to … Continue reading

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REN 2016 Report: How renewables are going mainstream

The latest Renewable energy global status report is out, which reveals that 147 GW’s of new renewable generating capacity was added last year. I haven’t had a chance to crunch the numbers, but that’s probably a enough capacity to generate a good … Continue reading

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